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Athletes and swimmers hit Carifta targets

Bermuda's athletes are continuing to press their claims for a spot at this year's Carifta Games on the track and in the pool.

This past weekend several added their names to the already growing list of qualified athletes, with the number of swimmers and athletes now into double figures.

Dage Minors and Darico Clarke both hit the qualifying standard. Minors recorded a time of four minutes 14.4 seconds in the Under-17s 1500 metres bracket, while Clarke posted a personal best of 4:12.08 over the same distance.

Allison Outerbridge, who attends the University of Tennessee, also qualified in the triple jump at the SEC Championships with a leap of 11.75 metres.

That takes the number of athletes who have met the Carifta standard up to 11, with Minors and Clarke joining the likes of Henry Stevens Carty and Shaquille Dill.

Juma Mouchette is also likely to join that list in the not too distant future after he narrowly missed out on hitting the mark for the 1500m in the Under-20 bracket. Mouchette clocked a time of 4:15.79 over the weekend, which was .79 seconds short of the required standard.

Bermuda Track and Field Association president Donna Watson was pleased with the efforts by all athletes in the sport, capping off a fine weekend for track and field.

“I am really pleased with the athletes who have qualified,” said Watson. “I am especially pleased with Dage as he is returning back to school and may not get another chance to qualify until April as that is when their first outdoor meet is scheduled.

“I know that Allison was getting a bit concerned as this is her first year in University of Tennessee and her last year at Carifta and I know she didn't want to miss that.

“She also can now concentrate on improving her distance in the triple jump and be ready to go at the Games.

“It is always good for the athletes to qualify early as they can relax and concentrate on improvement opposed to the pressure of trying to reach the standards especially as the time gets closer.”

Jasmine Brunson meanwhile qualified for the Pan Am Games in the Long Jump when she posted a personal best of 6.24m at the ACC Championships.

“Jasmine has always been one of our great performers and I am looking forward to her having a good season and to be able to compete for Bermuda this summer,” said Watson.

“All in all a great weekend and I am sure there is much more to come.”

In the pool meanwhile, Sophie Froud and Shannon Botelho made the most of a visit from the Mount Allison University swimming team to hit the Carifta standard.

“Sophie made her time in the 50 freestyle and then emphasised her ability and confidence by adding another in the 200 freestyle, whilst Shannon made his time in the 50 backstroke,” said Aquatics manager Ben Smith.

“The growing ability in the butterfly stroke was shown as both Emma Harvey in the 100 and Jesse Washington in the 50 met the AA time standard.”

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Published March 01, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated March 01, 2011 at 8:25 am)

Athletes and swimmers hit Carifta targets

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